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©Pierre Mariotte
©Pierre Mariotte
©Pierre Mariotte
©Pierre Mariotte

Pierre Mariotte

  • Les Arbres de Pierrot
  • Woodturner
  • Praz-Sur-Arly, France
  • Rising Star
Pierre Mariotte Woodturner
French, English
By appointment only
+33 630828721
©Pierre Mariotte

The story of the tree

  • • Pierre works exclusively with local wood
  • • He cherishes wood burls and their tormented stories
  • • He is very inspired by his travels and other cultures

Fascinated by the story that each tree carries, Pierre Mariotte carefully works the material on a wood lathe to reveal its beauty. His creations, decorative or useful objects, are subtly influenced by his background. Pierre initially trained as an aeronautical engineer. After a first apprenticeship in Paris, he left for a six-month trip around the world, where his encounter with many different cultures greatly inspired him. On his return, he moved back to his native region, Haute-Savoie, determined to find a new path and fulfill his desire to work with his hands. It was then that he fortuitously came across a wood lathe in his stepfather's workshop: an immediate attraction. Self-taught, Pierre has been committed to the art of woodturning ever since.

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  • ©Pierre Mariotte
  • ©Pierre Mariotte
  • ©Pierre Mariotte
  • ©Pierre Mariotte
Photo: ©Pierre Mariotte
Terra Incognita

This wooden sculpture is an invitation to travel, it forms a living treasure map. Every detail of the wood's life is revealed. We find traces of fungi and its spalting, and also of dead branches that have been covered by a new wood. The exploration of this golden terra is like a treasure hunt with the aim of appreciating all the details of the wood's past life.

Photo: ©Pierre Mariotte

This sculpture is an interpretation of human society growing through nature. Made from a brown elm burl, the two sides of this piece join and converse with each other. This piece is a combination of woodturning and carving from a single block of wood designed to be straight on the outside.

Photo: ©Pierre Mariotte
The Yellow Lotus

This wooden box, with its finely carved lid, was made from linden and cade. It was crafted on a wood lathe and treated with several stages of sanding. This creation is a nod to The Blue Lotus, a Tintin story by by Georges Remi, known as Hergé.

Photo: ©Pierre Mariotte
Rising Sun

Inspired by Japanese art, this wooden sculpture evokes a zen journey to the land of the rising sun. Japanese architecture and techniques are combined here to give life to the whole. Made of linden and walnut, it was sculpted with a wood lathe.

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